This Just In: Gamel(an)

Hey everyone! Gonna keep this week’s post short for two reasons. First off, we’re gearing up for Audio Junkie’s 3rd Annual Independence Bash, preparing a dope Sweat pop-up shop for all you wax-heads. Second off, out of respect for Thrill Jockey, and not wanting to make a complete ass of myself, I won’t even try to write a full description of OOIOO’s new record, Gamel. Their text is already (of course) spot-on. But I will say that this one has a very wide appeal, crossing and combining classical, tribal, experimental, electronic and even rock elements. Take a listen to a track, read the description, and pick up a copy of the gorgeous deluxe record! Also, don’t forget to check out the weekly in-stock list below the album feature.

OOIOO – Gamel 2LP:
Listen: “Atatawa”

“OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.

While previous OOIOO albums have been largely studio creations, Gamel is the most accurate portrayal of the band’s overwhelming, forceful live presence they have released yet. Yoshimi leads her minimalistic rhythm ensemble by making quick, impulsive shifts in tone and attack, the group acting as one mind under her expert instruction. While the gamelan elements will be brand new to many listeners, the band offsets the bizarre with familiar, at times even nostalgic and childlike, melodies. Gamel is euphoric, bursting at the seams with an exhilarating frenzy that is universal yet uniquely their own. OOIOO’s music is reflected in the ear of the beholder, with each listener taking away something different.” –Thrill Jockey


Bursting at the seams – new releases, reissues & restocks…
Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2LP
Barrington Levy – Too Experienced LP
Big Star – #1 Record LP
Billie Holiday – Songs For Distingue Lovers LP
Black Keys – Turn Blue LP
Black Pus/Oozing Wound – Split LP
Boards Of Canada – Twoism EP 12”; In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country EP 12”
Bob Marley – Exodus LP; Legend LP
Bonobo – Ten Tigers EP 12”
Daft Punk – Discovery 2LP
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy LP+CD
Dead Kennedys – Original Singles Collection Box
Death – Leprosy LP
De La Soul – 3 ft. High And Rising 2LP
DJ Rashad – Double Cup 2LP
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing 2LP
Earth – Hex 2LP*
Elliott Smith – New Mood 2LP, 2CD
Eno & Hyde – High Life CD*
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown LP*
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes 2LP
Franco Micalizzi – The Visitor OST 2LP*
Gang Starr – Step In The Arena LP
Godflesh – Pure 2LP*
Gorillaz – s/t 2LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP
John Coltrane Quartet – Ballads LP
Jozef Van Wissem/SQURL – Only Lovers Left Alive OST 2LP
Julianna Barwick – Florine LP*; Sanguine LP*
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
King Geedorah – Take Me To Your Leader 2LP
Knife – Deep Cuts 2LP; Shaking The Habitual 2LP
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP; Paradise LP; Ultraviolence LP, CD
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Faithful Man LP; Emma Jean LP
Lee Perry – Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread LP
Lone – Reality Testing 2LP*
Lorde – Pure Heroine LP
Los Hacheros – Pilon LP*
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming 2LP
Madlib – Shades Of Blue LP
Mark Kozelek – Live At Biko CD*
Martyn – The Air Between Words 3LP
Marvin Gaye – I Want You LP; What’s Goin’ On LP
Matthewdavid – In My World LP*
Melaza – s/t LP*
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue LP; Sketches Of Spain LP
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away LP
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything LP
Operation Ivy – Energy LP
Pantera – Far Beyond Bootleg (Live From Donington ’94) LP
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal LP
Phantogram – Eyelid Movies LP
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell 2LP
Plaid – Reachy Prints LP
Portishead – s/t LP
Radiohead – In Rainbows LP; OK Computer 2LP
Sade – Stronger Than Pride LP
St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half The City LP
Talking Heads – Remain In Light LP
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker 2LP
Thelonious Monk – The Unique LP*
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane – s/t LP
TNGHT – s/t 12”
Traxman – Da Mind Of Traxman Vol. 2 2LP*
Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP
Various – Afro-Peruvian Classics: The Soul Of Black Peru LP
Various – Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical LP
Various – Chicago Soul 2LP
Various – Decadubs 2 2×12*
Various – Horse Meat Disco Vol. IV 2LP
Various – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 2LP
Various – The Brazil Connection LP
Venetian Snares – My Love Is A Bulldozer 2LP
Weezer – s/t LP
World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 5 – Who Is William Onyeabor? 3LP

* Indicates new release or new reissue